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Michael Li: We hear a lot about data science, AI, machine learning.

These are all things that are in the milieu right now. I think they fundamentally point at the same idea, the same concept, around you might call it machine intelligence—where it’s about how do you use computers and the vast amount of data that’s out there, that kind of big data, and then leverage that to make more intelligent decisions as an organization, as a government, as a nonprofit.


This really comes from a few major secular trends that are happening.

One is the plummeting cost of computation and the plummeting cost of storage.

So now we have the capacity to store that data relatively cheaply and be able to process that data relatively cheaply.

And then the other major trend is that everyone’s walking around with smartphones. Everyone’s interacting with the internet for a large portion of the day. And so we’re able to capture huge parts of the human experience and digitize that information and store it in the cloud.

So when we have all these connected devices that are measuring us, we can actually say a lot about human behavior. And that’s actually really, really fascinating.

And from that we’re able to create products, services that are so much more rich and so much more personalized than we’ve been able to do before.

And so if you think about maybe even the simplest example, it might be something like Netflix with a recommendation engine that’s able to serve up content in a very targeted way so that they give you, they show you out of their library (of probably millions of possible videos for you to watch) the five to ten that you’re most likely to want to watch.

And they can do this from what’s called “look-alike analysis” where they would look at what other people, who have watched a similar set of videos as you have, how have they rated those videos. How much they’ve liked those videos.

And then see what other videos those people have liked that you haven’t yet watched. And that’s probably a good candidate for a video that you should watch.

So that kind of look-alike analysis—or if you’re a data scientist you probably call that a recommendation engine—That’s actually a very powerful technique and it’s sort of very fundamental to a business that has tens of millions of videos and they know you’re only going to watch one tonight.

How do you pick out that one good video so that’s not such a huge search problem for a consumer but it’s actually a pleasurable experience for them? And that has implications beyond Netflix.

If you think about a company like Amazon, that’s incredibly important for them. They have billions of items in their store. You need to be able to figure out what to buy and so they can tell you the right item that can maybe get you to buy something that you otherwise wouldn’t have purchased. And that has a direct impact on their bottom line. And it also makes consumers happier, right?

It helps you reduce the amount of time you spend searching for products and services. So I think these kind of data-enabled services where companies can give you what you want when you want it, that’s becoming increasingly powerful within the kind of consumer market and it’s becoming increasingly the standard.

So I think what we’ve seen is that for a lot of legacy enterprises that are not digital first, that haven’t been able to embrace data and data science, there’s an almost a kind of an adversarial relationship between the consumer and that product or service, where you’re saying as a consumer, “Hey, I have this great experience when I’m interacting with Google or Netflix. They seem to give me what I want. Why can’t you give me what I want?”
2018-08-13



TWiT Netcast Network
2018-08-13 21:57
Fortnite Samsung Exclusive (with live commentary)
Fortnite Samsung Exclusive (with live commentary)
CNET TV
2018-08-13 20:13
Election hacks and what it means for 2018 (The 3:59, Ep. 441)
Election hacks and what it means for 2018 (The 3:59, Ep. 441)
Tested
2018-08-13 19:46
3D-Printing a NASA ACES Helmet for Adam Savage!
3D-Printing a NASA ACES Helmet for Adam Savage!
TEDTalks
2018-08-13 17:43
The mission to create a searchable database of Earth's surface | Will Marshall
The mission to create a searchable database of Earth's surface | Will Marshall
Big Think
2018-08-13 17:00
The genius behind creating totally impractical things | David Eagleman
The genius behind creating totally impractical things | David Eagleman
Veritasium
2018-08-13 16:40
Can You Overdose on Vitamins?
Can You Overdose on Vitamins?
The Verge
2018-08-13 15:02
The future of renewable energy is making it look cool
The future of renewable energy is making it look cool
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2018-08-13 15:00
The Workstation of the Future is HERE! - Threadripper 2nd Gen
The Workstation of the Future is HERE! - Threadripper 2nd Gen
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2018-08-13 14:51
Edinburgh channel meet-up for technical chat.
Edinburgh channel meet-up for technical chat.
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2018-08-13 14:23
5-Sided Square - Numberphile
5-Sided Square - Numberphile
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2018-08-13 05:15
Engineering magnetics -- practical introduction to BH curve
Engineering magnetics -- practical introduction to BH curve
2018-08-12
Sci Show
2018-08-12 23:00
5 Devastating Security Flaws You've Never Heard Of
5 Devastating Security Flaws You've Never Heard Of
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2018-08-12 21:30
Inside a G9 COB lamp from Poundworld.
Inside a G9 COB lamp from Poundworld.
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2018-08-12 19:15
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YOUTUBE SENT ME A MYSTERIOUS PACKAGE......
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2018-08-12 18:39
?960GB 2.5” SSD - Kingston UV500 Review
?960GB 2.5” SSD - Kingston UV500 Review
CNET TV
2018-08-12 17:56
NASA's Parker Solar Probe launches on its way to
NASA's Parker Solar Probe launches on its way to "touch" the Sun (CNET News)
TEDTalks
2018-08-12 17:22
"The Last Serenade" | Lili Haydn
Grant Thompson - "The King of Random"
2018-08-12 17:00
Melting Our Silver Play Button Before 10 Million
Melting Our Silver Play Button Before 10 Million
GreatScott
2018-08-12 16:57
DIY Plasma Arc Speaker
DIY Plasma Arc Speaker
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2018-08-12 16:00
PROJECTIONS, Episode 56: Pixel Ripped 1989 and Star Trek Bridge Crew TNG
PROJECTIONS, Episode 56: Pixel Ripped 1989 and Star Trek Bridge Crew TNG
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2018-08-12 16:00
How to become more well-connected | Jared Kleinert
How to become more well-connected | Jared Kleinert
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2018-08-12 10:50
Parker Solar Probe Mission Launches to Touch the Sun
Parker Solar Probe Mission Launches to Touch the Sun
TWiT Netcast Network
2018-08-12 04:54
100
100" 4K Smart Laser TV from Hisense
MrTeslonian
2018-08-12 00:59
Showing the power of a little
Showing the power of a little "PULSE JET ENGINE", as it moves a pile of wood with ease!
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2018-08-12 00:54
EEVblog #1114 - NEW TS80 USB Soldering Iron Review
EEVblog #1114 - NEW TS80 USB Soldering Iron Review
2018-08-11



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2018-08-11 23:00
How Do Polarized Sunglasses Work?
How Do Polarized Sunglasses Work?
Linus Tech Tips
2018-08-11 21:02
Scrapyard Wars 7 FINALE - NO INTERNET
Scrapyard Wars 7 FINALE - NO INTERNET
Austin Evans
2018-08-11 17:29
The Most Unique Laptops You Can Buy...
The Most Unique Laptops You Can Buy...
Grant Thompson - "The King of Random"
2018-08-11 17:00
Finishing the Arm-Mounted Flame Thrower (Mad Scientist Design)
Finishing the Arm-Mounted Flame Thrower (Mad Scientist Design)
Big Think
2018-08-11 16:00
Eternal youth may be possible. Which age would you stay at forever? | Michio Kaku
Eternal youth may be possible. Which age would you stay at forever? | Michio Kaku
TEDTalks
2018-08-11 15:01
An honest look at the personal finance crisis | Elizabeth White
An honest look at the personal finance crisis | Elizabeth White
NASA Television
2018-08-11 11:48
Humanity’s first mission to touch the Sun on This Week @NASA – August 11, 2018
Humanity’s first mission to touch the Sun on This Week @NASA – August 11, 2018
CNET TV
2018-08-11 07:24
Samsung's Note 9 and Apple's 12 zeroes (CNET UK podcast 542)
Samsung's Note 9 and Apple's 12 zeroes (CNET UK podcast 542)
AvE
2018-08-11 05:30
BOLTR: Bosch Drum Sander | Undercarriage Abrasion
BOLTR: Bosch Drum Sander | Undercarriage Abrasion
TWiT Netcast Network
2018-08-11 04:25
Sal Soghoian: Standing up to Steve Jobs
Sal Soghoian: Standing up to Steve Jobs
Linus Tech Tips
2018-08-11 03:46
DISCORD SELLING GAMES?? - WAN Show August 10, 2018
DISCORD SELLING GAMES?? - WAN Show August 10, 2018
Cody´s Lab
2018-08-11 02:25
The Chlorine Machine
The Chlorine Machine
2018-08-10
Sci Show
2018-08-10 23:00
Why Florida's Red Tide Is Killing So Many Animals | SciShow News
Why Florida's Red Tide Is Killing So Many Animals | SciShow News
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2018-08-10 20:53
Permutations and factorial
Permutations and factorial
The Khan Academy
2018-08-10 19:30
LearnStorm Growth Mindset: Dave Paunesku introduces growth mindset
LearnStorm Growth Mindset: Dave Paunesku introduces growth mindset
The Khan Academy
2018-08-10 19:29
LearnStorm Growth Mindset: Dave Paunesku on teacher modeling of growth mindset
LearnStorm Growth Mindset: Dave Paunesku on teacher modeling of growth mindset
Wranglestar
2018-08-10 18:46
I've Never Seen Anyone So Scared...
I've Never Seen Anyone So Scared...
Steve Ramsey
2018-08-10 18:22
Oops! Don't start over: fixing plywood dado cuts
Oops! Don't start over: fixing plywood dado cuts
Grant Thompson - "The King of Random"
2018-08-10 17:00
Custom Flame Thrower Ignition Switch
Custom Flame Thrower Ignition Switch
The Royal Institution
2018-08-10 16:00
The Mathematics of Locomotion - Christmas Lectures with Ian Stewart
The Mathematics of Locomotion - Christmas Lectures with Ian Stewart
Tested
2018-08-10 16:00
Awesome Animated LEGO Sculpture!
Awesome Animated LEGO Sculpture!
The Verge
2018-08-10 15:00
I tried living on Mars — in Hawaii
I tried living on Mars — in Hawaii
CNET TV
2018-08-10 13:03
Acer Swift 7 first look: 'The world's thinnest laptop,' Acer reckons
Acer Swift 7 first look: 'The world's thinnest laptop,' Acer reckons
Linus Tech Tips
2018-08-10 04:32
Worst Day Ever.
Worst Day Ever.
TWiT Netcast Network
2018-08-10 04:26
Secure Your Home Assistants
Secure Your Home Assistants
MindYourDecisions
2018-08-10 00:33
The MEANEST Test Question Ever?
The MEANEST Test Question Ever?
2018-08-09
Sci Show
2018-08-09 23:00
Why Scientists are Giving Robots Human Muscles
Why Scientists are Giving Robots Human Muscles
The Verge
2018-08-09 20:54
Samsung Galaxy Home smart speaker with Bixby: first look
Samsung Galaxy Home smart speaker with Bixby: first look
The Verge
2018-08-09 20:20
Samsung Galaxy Watch hands-on
Samsung Galaxy Watch hands-on
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2018-08-09 20:00
How Software Deals with Key Presses - Computerphile
How Software Deals with Key Presses - Computerphile
Android Authority
2018-08-09 19:33
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 8: Worth The Upgrade?
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 8: Worth The Upgrade?
NASA Television
2018-08-09 18:47
NASA | Parker Solar Probe: It's Surprisingly Hard to Go to the Sun
NASA | Parker Solar Probe: It's Surprisingly Hard to Go to the Sun
Wranglestar
2018-08-09 18:46
We Were Forced To Leave The Homestead
We Were Forced To Leave The Homestead
TEDTalks
2018-08-09 17:38
A new way to monitor vital signs (that can see through walls) | Dina Katabi
A new way to monitor vital signs (that can see through walls) | Dina Katabi
Marques Brownlee
2018-08-09 17:30
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Impressions: Underrated!
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Impressions: Underrated!
Android Authority
2018-08-09 17:30
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Hands-on: Bigger, Better, and Even More Expensive
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Hands-on: Bigger, Better, and Even More Expensive
Big Think
2018-08-09 17:00
Is war with China inevitable? | David Kang
Is war with China inevitable? | David Kang
I Like To Make Stuff
2018-08-09 17:00
How to make a Simple Fire Pit & Tie Fighter Grill
How to make a Simple Fire Pit & Tie Fighter Grill
Grant Thompson - "The King of Random"
2018-08-09 17:00
Liquid Propane and TASER Powered Ignition
Liquid Propane and TASER Powered Ignition
Physics Woman
2018-08-09 15:48
The Projector Illusion |  EVERYDAY MYSTERIES
The Projector Illusion | EVERYDAY MYSTERIES
Tested
2018-08-09 09:00
Make It So - This is Only a Test 461 - 8/9/18
Make It So - This is Only a Test 461 - 8/9/18
TWiT Netcast Network
2018-08-09 04:01
Could Google Go Back to China?
Could Google Go Back to China?
CNET TV
2018-08-09 02:02
Meet Vector, the tiny home robot
Meet Vector, the tiny home robot
AvE
2018-08-09 01:06
BOLTR: Blasting Machine | Cool Old Gear
BOLTR: Blasting Machine | Cool Old Gear
Sci Show
2018-08-09 00:04
How U.S. Airports Might Revamp Security... Using Game Theory
How U.S. Airports Might Revamp Security... Using Game Theory
2018-08-08
Stanford University
2018-08-08 21:22
Knight-Hennessy Scholars Admission Process
Knight-Hennessy Scholars Admission Process
Linus Tech Tips
2018-08-08 21:09
Touchbar Killer for Windows?
Touchbar Killer for Windows?
BigcLiveDotCom
2018-08-08 21:07
Airwick mist ultrasonic aroma atomiser.
Airwick mist ultrasonic aroma atomiser.
MAKE Magazine
2018-08-08 19:00
Maker Update: Spider Clock
Maker Update: Spider Clock
NASA Goddard
2018-08-08 17:23
It's Surprisingly Hard to Go to the Sun
It's Surprisingly Hard to Go to the Sun
TEDTalks
2018-08-08 17:18
How to build synthetic DNA and send it across the internet | Dan Gibson
How to build synthetic DNA and send it across the internet | Dan Gibson
NASA Goddard
2018-08-08 17:06
Two Research Vessels Leave for the Twilight Zone
Two Research Vessels Leave for the Twilight Zone
MrTeslonian
2018-08-08 17:03
How To Make -
How To Make - "Methyl Alcohol", "Bio-Crude Oil" and "Synthetic Natural Gas" at Home!
Big Think
2018-08-08 17:00
Art vs. science? The battle that never was | NASA's Michelle Thaller
Art vs. science? The battle that never was | NASA's Michelle Thaller
Austin Evans
2018-08-08 16:31
This Robot is ACTUALLY Cool...
This Robot is ACTUALLY Cool...
NASA Goddard
2018-08-08 16:09
A Story of Science and Friendship
A Story of Science and Friendship
The Royal Institution
2018-08-08 15:40
Q&A: Neurology and Epilepsy - with Suzanne O'Sullivan
Q&A: Neurology and Epilepsy - with Suzanne O'Sullivan
The Royal Institution
2018-08-08 15:40
The Neurobiology of Epilepsy - with Suzanne O’Sullivan
The Neurobiology of Epilepsy - with Suzanne O’Sullivan
The Verge
2018-08-08 15:00
Vector: Anki’s tiny robot that wants to hang
Vector: Anki’s tiny robot that wants to hang
Numberphile
2018-08-08 14:44
Last Cards Match - Numberphile
Last Cards Match - Numberphile
Android Authority
2018-08-08 13:00
Pixel 3 release date leaks - Fortnite comes to Samsung, NOT the Playstore
Pixel 3 release date leaks - Fortnite comes to Samsung, NOT the Playstore
TWiT Netcast Network
2018-08-08 01:56
The Best Camera for Travel
The Best Camera for Travel
CNET TV
2018-08-08 00:40
Samsung leaks Note 9 again (Alphabet City)
Samsung leaks Note 9 again (Alphabet City)
Electronics Engineering
2018-08-08 00:25
EEVblog #1113 - Is a $5 USB Soldering Iron Useful?
EEVblog #1113 - Is a $5 USB Soldering Iron Useful?
2018-08-07
Android Authority
2018-08-07 23:45
Android 9.0 Pie Overview - Everything you need to know!
Android 9.0 Pie Overview - Everything you need to know!
Mr Carlsons Lab
2018-08-07 23:39
600 Volt Tube Op Amp! Lets Power It Up.
600 Volt Tube Op Amp! Lets Power It Up.
Marques Brownlee
2018-08-07 23:05
The 2019 iPhone X Models!
The 2019 iPhone X Models!
Sci Show
2018-08-07 23:00
Why Do I Sweat So Much?
Why Do I Sweat So Much?
TEDTalks
2018-08-07 21:44
How farming could employ Africa's young workforce -- and help build peace | Kola Masha
How farming could employ Africa's young workforce -- and help build peace | Kola Masha
Linus Tech Tips
2018-08-07 20:56
Why is EVERYONE Buying This Sound Bar??
Why is EVERYONE Buying This Sound Bar??
Android Authority
2018-08-07 20:24
Computational photography will COMPLETELY revolutionize your smartphone camera
Computational photography will COMPLETELY revolutionize your smartphone camera
AweMeChannel
2018-08-07 19:00
Divine Axe Rhitta – The Seven Deadly Sins – MAN AT ARMS: REFORGED
Divine Axe Rhitta – The Seven Deadly Sins – MAN AT ARMS: REFORGED
Big Think
2018-08-07 17:00
Vaccine revolution: Curing Alzheimer's from the inside | Lou Reese
Vaccine revolution: Curing Alzheimer's from the inside | Lou Reese
Grant Thompson - "The King of Random"
2018-08-07 17:00
The Arm-Mounted Taser Flame Thrower
The Arm-Mounted Taser Flame Thrower
The Verge
2018-08-07 17:00
Microsoft Surface Go review: surprisingly good
Microsoft Surface Go review: surprisingly good
Austin Evans
2018-08-07 16:46
The World's Smallest Laptop Just Got Faster
The World's Smallest Laptop Just Got Faster
Tested
2018-08-07 16:00
Impressive LEGO Dystopian Monorail City!
Impressive LEGO Dystopian Monorail City!
Computerphile
2018-08-07 14:46
What Happens When I Press a Key? - Computerphile
What Happens When I Press a Key? - Computerphile
Tested
2018-08-07 09:08
American Idol Surprise - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 8/7/18
American Idol Surprise - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 8/7/18
BigcLiveDotCom
2018-08-07 03:17
Questions for the crew - of the Edinburgh Tattoo.
Questions for the crew - of the Edinburgh Tattoo.
MindYourDecisions
2018-08-07 01:39
A Puzzle Richard Feynman Missed? Can You Solve It?
A Puzzle Richard Feynman Missed? Can You Solve It?
brusspup
2018-08-07 01:07
7 Amazing Physics Gadgets!
7 Amazing Physics Gadgets!
2018-08-06
Electronics Engineering
2018-08-06 23:20
EEVblog #1111 - World's First Microcontroller & Electronic Game
EEVblog #1111 - World's First Microcontroller & Electronic Game
Linus Tech Tips
2018-08-06 20:56
Is LG Ditching OLED??
Is LG Ditching OLED??
I Like To Make Stuff
2018-08-06 17:00
Brazing // Bits
Brazing // Bits
Big Think
2018-08-06 17:00
How correcting for cognitive biases makes life more fair | Michael Li
How correcting for cognitive biases makes life more fair | Michael Li
TEDTalks
2018-08-06 16:33
The rapid growth of the Chinese internet -- and where it's headed | Gary Liu
The rapid growth of the Chinese internet -- and where it's headed | Gary Liu
NASA Goddard
2018-08-06 16:26
NASA’s TESS Catches a Comet
NASA’s TESS Catches a Comet
Tested
2018-08-06 16:00
Adam Savage's Totoro Meetup at Comic-Con!
Adam Savage's Totoro Meetup at Comic-Con!
The Verge
2018-08-06 15:00
We built the Home of the Future with Grant Imahara
We built the Home of the Future with Grant Imahara
CNET TV
2018-08-06 14:06
Augmented reality vs. virtual reality: AR and VR made clear
Augmented reality vs. virtual reality: AR and VR made clear
The Royal Institution
2018-08-06 12:11
The Golden Angle - Christmas Lectures with Ian Stewart
The Golden Angle - Christmas Lectures with Ian Stewart
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2018-08-06 08:16
Will Universal Basic Income Solve Our Problems?
Will Universal Basic Income Solve Our Problems?
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2018-08-06 05:31
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Inside a waterproof LED colour changing light from BM homestores.
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2018-08-06 00:47
Solo Ride - Wranglerstar
Solo Ride - Wranglerstar
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